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Ynet: “Disconnect Or Log Off? That Is The Question”

Millions of Britons answered the question of whether the UK should remain part of the EU, or whether it should leave the EU. If I were a Briton, I would choose the second option since, when the ship is sinking, it is better to leave it as soon as possible.

Last week, Jo Cox, a British member of parliament, was murdered in Britain, her only sin being her support of Britain’s remaining in the EU. Her shocking murder and the economic implications of this move have brought the issue to the center of world media attention.

The world leaders, economists, and leading commentators are very worried about this decision and warn that the Brexit may have serious political implications. Britain may be isolated and its world status may seriously weaken, and this may be a blow to the world economy. At the moment, opinions in Britain differ.

In order to understand the debate, it is important to recognize the perception and the psychology that captures most British people. The British have a special character that is different from the other European countries and which makes them less tolerant toward change. Despite the many attempts throughout history to invade and control it, the kingdom remained a strong and independent economic superpower. The English Channel surrounds it like a strong wall and contributes greatly to their feeling of separation. The other members of the EU also feel that Britain is less dependent on them and sometimes even feel that it is a foreign element in Europe.

 Brexit Crime and Punishment

Even if the British do decide to leave, it will not be easy. Although Britain has its own currency, the pound and not the euro, there are agreements, treaties, and different pacts that have an impact on many government plans and national systems. According to experts, the Brexit process may take at least two or three years before endless tight connections are dissolved and no less than a decade before there is a significant Brexit of social connections.

From an economic perspective, there are differences of opinion, but most experts see the Brexit as a unique opportunity for Britain to pull itself out of the European mud before it is too late. The Brexit will enable Britain to strengthen its business sector, lower the cost of living, and avoid the mountain of debts that is threatening to bury Europe. On the other hand, it is expected that Britain will continue to export half of its production. The Europeans need it no less than Britain does. This is also the reason that economists don’t think that Europe will punish Britain and impose taxes on its exports to Europe.

It seems that the distorted connections between the states of the EU prevent them from enjoying the natural benefits that there are in a true qualitative synergy and have turned the EU into an economic and social burden from which it is better to be detached.

The Sinking of the EU

The world also will be better off if Britain leaves the EU. The USA, whose attempts to dominate the world ignited the Arab Spring in 2010 that until today has mainly brought the collapse of many countries in the Arab world, is responsible for the millions of refugees who have immigrated and are living in Europe, and are expected to be a burden on the economy, significantly increasing public expenses for education, welfare, and health, and to weaken the European market. Why is this good for the Americans? US domination of the continent and the world will increase.

Israel may be indirectly affected by that. When the changes in Europe lead to internal disorder, the European countries will be busy dealing with their internal problems, and will no longer initiate and promote regional peace committees whose benefits are questionable.

Even without the American intervention in the process, Britain will remain forever an inseparable part of Europe for better or worse—at the moment, mainly for the worse. Europe is very ill, an old continent that is declining in every aspect of life. The EU market is failing, the economy is collapsing, waves of immigrants are flooding it, radical Islam is growing, the birthrate is low, and unemployment is growing; its afflictions are spreading from Europe to the entire world. Therefore, as long as it is possible to amputate an organ from the continent and heal it separately, it is better to do so. If the British still decide to remain an integral part of the EU, the rate of deterioration in every aspect of life will be very fast. The decay will lead to the quick death of the body.

Re-Route the Computers

In order to maintain a healthy, correct connection between countries and between people in general, we should make sure that it is alive and breathing, and sometimes we must give it a new form of life in order to keep it alive. The EU, which was established as common market, had aspirations for political and military cooperation, and even the building of a common army. It set off in the 90’s with an extensive public relations campaign and was a rosy dream for many of the elimination of borders, building a great economy, and uniting around a common currency. But eventually, the common feeling of prosperity disappeared and was replaced by political struggles.

The European Council, seated in Brussels and empowered to regulate between the different nations, has interpreted trade cooperation. The Portuguese banned fishing, Spaniards and Italians banned selling cheese, Lithuanians banned the production of dairy products, and Greeks olive oil. These measures have weakened nations that already were weak and increased their dependency on the strong nations, who in the meantime, have grown stronger.

The failing EU is like a married couple who have accumulated great wealth through the years and have the same bank account, but keep quarreling all of the time. Every side is imposing the policy that is better for itself, and the other side opposes and uses its sovereign authority to object. After several unsuccessful attempts to restore the relationship, it seems that there is no more room for a partnership. Under these problematic circumstances, it would be better for the couple to get divorced. The question is how to divide their property, which is usually the spark that ignites a world war.

“When the wicked connect, it is bad for them and bad for the world”

A real union is when the desires of the each nation are accepted in every nation as if it were their own desire. On the other hand, if every nation continues to care only about itself, the connection between the nations becomes worse and harms everyone. Only when the entire European continent is united into one desire will there be a true opportunity to consolidate a union such that it can be the basis for a healthy, balanced economic system and can lead to equality in the standard of living. No more strong and weak, abusers and abused. Instead of egoistic competition, a system based on international social justice and strong social unity will be established, and at the same time, each country will be allowed to live according to its specific, unique characteristics.

“…social unity, which can be the source of every joy and success…” (Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom”). The EU can be saved and get on a new track only when every citizen in the EU realizes that unity begins in the corrected relations between people. It isn’t a common currency that will bridge the differences, the huge gaps that have been created throughout history between the Germans, the French, the Italians, or the Greeks, but unity will connect them.

Such a change requires the building of ties of mutual guarantee between countries, taking into account the needs of every country and the entire international system, and is expressed in extensive cooperation, in integration and solidarity between the nations. This change of values is vital both in the relations between the nations and on the level of the individual who can influence his leaders.

Unity Based on Connection, Not on Currency

The wisdom of Kabbalah is the wisdom of connection. It explores the connections between people and in nature as a whole since the beginning of time. According to this wisdom, we can build relationships of interdependence only if we know the laws of the global human system. All of the systems of our lives are included in this system, including the financial markets.

In the past, we did not need these laws, so the wisdom of Kabbalah was concealed and only very few engaged in it. The need for this wisdom and this knowledge became relevant from the moment the world became global and our mutual interdependence was completed. Today, the connection between us is growing stronger, and it is forcing us to learn the laws of the new global, integral world. We have no other choice. Learning the laws according to the method of connection will enable us to establish the right order in human society as a whole.

“The idea of an equal and right distribution is more real, since the earth is rich enough to provide for all of us, so why do we need the tragic war of life that has been destroying our life for ages? Let’s divide the work and its fruits equally between us and the end of all our troubles!” (“The Writings of Baal HaSulam”).

The solution for Britain, for the EU crisis, and for the impending future crises is not the traditional economic and political means, but in creating good, balanced, and corrected connections between us. We must learn to build the right, balanced relations through the wisdom of connection, and thus we will lead a good and peaceful life.
From ynet article 6/21/16

Are The Refugees Beneficial?

Laitman_419Comment: According to studies, the Americans have reached the conclusion that the refugees were not a yoke on the neck of the nation that gave them shelter. On the contrary, the monetary help that is given to them will provide a strong impetus to the economy.

However tests were conducted in the camps of refugees from Africa. Assistance was given there in the form of food products. The refugees sold them and that money was invested in the economy of the country.

Answer: In any case, this will not lead to a solution because the refugees must be absorbed and they must adjust to a different life in those nations.

First and foremost, absorption and adaptation must be cultural. This cannot be implemented because according to their religion, according to their infrastructure, according to their intentions and plans, the refugees are completely hostile to the nations that receive them. The refugees are clinging to a precise plan for conquering these nations, to control them and convert them into a caliphate. Therefore all of the talk about their apparent contribution to the prosperity of the economy are just empty words. The Americans are carrying out and activating their policies to soften public opinion at least a little.

The refugees have not brought economic revival or restoration to any nation. They don’t want to work, they don’t want to learn, and they don’t want to be like all the rest of the citizens. And the fact that massive monetary circulation is passing through them whereby the nation gives them money and they return it to the nation through shops could also be done through the citizens of those nations.

Question: Does it follow that they must arrange for the cultural inclusion and education of the refugees because it is no longer possible to prevent the flow of their migration?

Answer: Unfortunately, Europe is “lying down” under them. They are like parasitic bacteria in a good and nourishing environment. This is precisely what is happening today in the continent of Europe.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/21/16

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Questions About Work In The Group – 1

laitman_934Question: What is the difference between connection among the friends and unity? What should we yearn for when we are in the group of ten?

Answer: We reach actual unity by yearning for connection.

Question: I am in a group of several men. Three to four of them participate in all the activities, while three to four other men don’t come to the group activities regularly. Such a group doesn’t bestow unto me, but I don’t want to “pull the train” by myself. The way I see it a group should operate in synergy.

Is it possible to enter the spiritual world without a group or should I teach others and thus create my own group?

Answer: Try to do it while being a member in your group.

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To See A Single Force Of Nature

Laitman_712_03Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 5:08: You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness which is in the heavens above, which is on the earth below, or which is in the water beneath the earth.

Everything we can imagine is a quality of nature that comes from the Creator and manifests itself with respect to us in the still, vegetative, animate, or human form. In nature there is nothing that in itself has a value, force, will, and origin. Everything is controlled by the single force called the Creator.

The material reality manifests itself in relation to each of us purely subjectively and it is changing to the extent that we change our nature from egoistic to altruistic.

While correcting ourselves, we will be looking through our world and seeing quite the opposite of what the ordinary people see, i.e. the forces that control the objects surrounding us.

Through them we will recognize one single force, one single will, to which we must connect. Our entire life on Earth is required only in order to unite through it with this single upper force.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/9/16

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EU Politician’s Tragic Mistake

Laitman_419In the News(Vestifinance): “The leaders of the 27 EU countries have stated that the freedom of movement of labor is one of the main four freedoms, which should support each country bloc, which wants access to the single market. They also called for Britain to speed up their exit from the EU in accordance with the prescribed rules and sent them a notice of desire to get out of the union as soon as possible, so as soon as such notification is necessary for the formal launch of negotiations on the exit. Without formal notice, negotiations cannot begin. But Cameron wants his successor to formulate a strategy and informed the European colleagues to withdraw before the start of negotiations. …

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the most powerful leader in the EU at the moment, is trying to convince the leaders of other countries to give time to the UK to have the courage to choose a new leader and to begin formal negotiations. However, she expressed tough stance on the issue of access to the European market, noting that London can not select the privileges that it likes. …

“European leaders have recognized the need for change. But they also know that they need time to block the remaining 27 member states to regain their unity within the European Union, as in recent times there are differences, which only worsened as a result of a referendum in Britain. Countries are going to learn from the British experience. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after the summit that the radical changes seem unrealistic. Among these changes, she called towards fiscal and political union in the current situation. This would require amending the Lisbon Treaty and carry out more referenda, namely that heads of state want to avoid. ‘This is not about unity in Europe, and on the improvement of the results,’ – said Merkel.”

My Comment: The whole problem of the European Union is expressed in these words. In the European Union there never was unity, because attainment of unity is possible only as a result of an ongoing process of education and training for the peoples, and it did not dedicate its attention to this at all.

They must recognize the difference between an “alliance of banks and industries of the nations of Europe” and an “alliance between peoples.” These concepts should not be confused. Here is the tragic mistake of the politicians of the European Union. They require educators….so the collapse of England is only the beginning of the collapse of the European Union!

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Touching Hearts

laitman_943Question: What do we lack in order to form the correct prayer?

Answer: Our hearts still do not feel that they can touch one another. They are enclosed in the egoistic layer called our body.

In this case, our body is not the physical flesh but rather egoism, which does not allow us to touch hearts. As a result we cannot form a prayer.
From Convention In Moscow, Day One, Lesson 3, 5/2/16

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Covenant With Every Generation

laitman_740_03Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 5:01- 5:03: And Moses called all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, and learn them, and observe [them] to do them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. Not with our forefathers did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, we, all of whom are here alive today.

The covenant is made with every generation. This is the program of creation that permeates all generations and which we must fulfill until the end of our life on Earth.

We must bring our world, balance, knowledge of the Creator, and raise humanity to the next degree, where they will fully reveal the upper force and begin to exist in two worlds simultaneously: in our world and in the upper world.

Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 05:04 – 05:07: Face to face, the Lord spoke with you at the mountain out of the midst of the fire: (and I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to tell you the word of the Lord, for you were afraid of the fire, and you did not go up on the mountain) saying, “I am the Lord your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall not have the gods of others in My presence.”

There is only one upper force that controls everything with absolute good.

To the extent that a person is equivalent to it, he feels this good and exists in it. And to the extent that he is opposite to the upper force, he feels lack of good, a so-called “eclipse” of benevolence relative to himself, and he must understand that he obscures himself from the Creator.

Therefore, we need to neutralize the darkness through our internal correction and change our egoistic perception of reality to an altruistic one.

It is written, “You shall not have the gods of others in My presence”; that is, above all value the quality of bestowal and love.

Question: It is said here that Moses stood between the Lord and the people. What do I, as a person, place between the Creator and myself?

Answer: The quality called Moses is a quality of absolute bestowal and love through which, like through a collecting lens, the governance of the Creator passes to us.

Moses is an example for everybody. Therefore he gives instructions to the children of Israel for every action. And those who fulfill these instructions are in complete agreement with the Creator.

Comment: The Torah specifies the reason why people should look at everything through the quality of Moses: “For you were afraid of the fire, and you did not go up on the mountain.”

Answer: The children of Israel didn’t want to go up on the mountain. They had neither the right nor the ability to do so because they were afraid that they wouldn’t be able to withstand the conditions they were given.

And only the nation’s quality called Moses, like pure Bina, is able to climb the mountain, be in the covenant, in the agreement, and in connection with the Creator. Therefore, the entire Light and the entire Torah come through the spiritual quality called Moses.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/9/16

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How Does One Reveal The Spiritual World?

laitman_276_02Comment: There is a feeling that you aren’t talking about what happens in the spiritual world, you are hiding what people are engaged with there and everything else.

Answer: For the last 3,500 years a few hundred books have been written about the spiritual world by great Kabbalists who investigated and discovered the upper world. As for me, I am the smallest and the last in the chain of Kabbalists, so if my words are inadequate, I recommend taking their books and start reading!

Then you will find out how you must change yourself so you can see the upper world, learn how to expand it, and penetrate more deeply into it. This is also true for sciences like nuclear physics or the synthesis of medicines and the like. These are very complex things and the wisdom of Kabbalah is even more complex because it is found beyond the perception of our regular senses.

It must be understood that it is not possible to explain the wisdom of Kabbalah, so I don’t exactly explain but teach. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches a person how to open his eyes and see the upper world. It is similar to looking at a stereogram in which you need to defocus your vision to see the hidden image. When the view is concentrated on the picture it seems that there is nothing there except for lines, and suddenly with defocusing your vision a three-dimensional picture can be seen there of roaming dinosaurs or anything else. This happens when vision is fully dispersed.

The wisdom of Kabbalah can teach a person to disperse the focus like this with all the senses! Then all five senses become directed toward the next more internal level and we begin to enter into a picture of the world that is beyond its borders and we feel all of creation! I cannot explain this, I can only recommend how to disperse the focus on oneself, how to feel the upper world instead of this world, and enter into the next dimension.

In fact, we exist in all five spiritual worlds! And our world, which is found on the lowest level of development, is not counted among them. There are five worlds that are composed of 125 levels, which are found above our world; they exist here and now, but we don’t feel and see them. But we come in contact with them unconsciously, and they influence us. The role of a person is to discover the upper world and to carry out a focal dispersion on all of his egoistic approaches to life and begin to perceive the altruistic world that exists according to laws that are the opposite of the laws of our world: altruism instead of egoism, love instead of hatred, concern for others rather than concern for oneself.

The Torah doesn’t just say “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) for no reason at all. This is the general law of the upper world, and if you want to feel it, try practicing this attitude toward the world. This is possible only if a person enters into a circle of people like him who are eager to attain the true reality.

When a group of people like this gather together and begin to practice attitudes like this with each other, attitudes of love and concern, attention and support, then suddenly, as if in a fog, the hidden world that surrounds us will begin to appear and be revealed. The entire Kabbalistic method is based upon this, and no Kabbalist can tell us about the spiritual world because we don’t have internal models that match its sensation. In our world, we are already born with models that make it possible to feel the spiritual world, and even though they are incomplete, we acquire them. Why do newly born babies not hear and later begin to hear?  Why don’t they see at first and then begin to see? It is because these models are created in us gradually, we develop our senses. I suggest everyone to begin engaging in the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah, which derives its name from the word, “Le’Kabel,” to receive, to receive perception of the upper world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/20/16

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New Life 492 – The Public And The Leadership: A Love Story

New Life 492 – The Public And The Leadership: A Love Story
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Is the country’s leadership connected to the public or is there a total disconnect between the two? What is the right connection between the heads of state and the people that enables them to operate as one harmonious unit?

The stormy elections bring up a sad fact, those who lead the state or who want to reach high positions in government are detached from the public, from its desires and its needs. Many of us wonder how we have come to this extreme situation that is the source of so many problems and even to the total incompetence of central government services.

From a Family to A State

The most ancient unit of connections in society is the family. Thousands of years ago, every individual in the nuclear and extended family felt that all the other members of the family were part of him. This is how people lived for thousands of years, but because of changing circumstances, when the nations grew, people began to choose representatives that would manage them. Our desires grew and changed with time and accordingly humanity underwent different forms of governance: from slavery to monarchy to parliaments divided into many parts. But gradually a new problem emerged, a breach between the leadership and the public, which means that the head was no longer connected to the body…

In order for the body to operate properly, it has to be connected to the head somehow. In a political system the head is sometimes connected to the body and sometimes less so, sometimes it resists the body, and sometimes the body resists the head; instead of operating together, there is a gap between them.

Before each election, every party claims that it can be the head that will function better with the body in order to satisfy all the desires and deficiencies it feels, and that the essence of every party is to serve the whole body. But we all know the exact opposite happens the day after the elections. The leaders who are elected forget that man’s nature is basically egoistic

The Solution: The Head Should Serve the Body

In order for the leadership to operate harmoniously with the public, the heads of state should be people who maintain the relationship of “love thy friend as thyself.” They have to be detached from their personal interests, they have to put aside their desire for direct or indirect self-benefits while governing the people.

In a healthy body, the head has to receive the desires of the body and calculate how to fulfill them. In a healthy country the leaders have to perceive the desires of the people and implement them. The leaders themselves should have no desire other than this desire.
From KabTV’s “New Life 492 – The Public And The Leadership: A Love Story,” 1/6/15

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